Andy Murray's Hotel Will Start Serving Guests Next April
Now that he's won the Wimbledon championship trophy, Andy Murray can finally concentrate on his budding hotelier career.
We told you back in February that the tennis pro had purchased a £1.8 million Victorian mansion, Cromlix House, that he plans to fully renovate and re-open as a five-star hotel.
Cromlix House dates from 1874 and is set in 50 acres of woodland and gardens close to Murray's hometown of Dunblane, and was the setting for his big brother's wedding in 2010.
Murray's success has gone a long way to helping lift Dunblane out of the shadows of its horrific 1996 elementary school massacre, and we are hopeful that the prestige of a celeb-run luxury property will help draw more visitors to the area.
"I'm pleased to be able to give something back to the community I grew up in." He said in a statement.
The 15-room hotel will be managed by Inverlochy Castle Management International and is set to open on April 1, 2014; in plenty of time for the Ryder Cup at nearby Gleneagles. As of a week ago, the hotel is open for bookings.
Murray scored points with animal rights groups when he announced that foie gras would be banned in the hotel's restaurant (to be run by Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux), but came up against some of the pitfalls of the hotel business when the discovery of a colony of rare bats threatened construction earlier this month -- fortunately everything seems to be back on schedule now.
[Photo: Cromlix Hotel]